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Bitmap And Vector Graphics Explained
by Chance Agrella
Ever find yourself reading an article about graphic design, hoping to pick up a few pointers to improve your portfolio or workflow, only to realize that you aren't even exactly sure what all the terminology being tossed around actually means? Trust us, we've been there, too and we've got the search engine history to prove it. That's why we're pleased that Chance Agrella lent us his decoder ring expertise, with this piece on bitmap and vector graphics.
Using clear and easy-to-understand language, Chance outlines exactly what these two basic types of images are. Plus, unlike some other how-to guides out there, you won't need another tutorial to help you understand this tutorial! He also provides us with visual representations, appealing to those of us who learn just a little bit more easily when we can see exactly what we're being taught right in front of our eyes.
You'll learn straightforward definitions of what bitmap and vector images are, how they're similar to and how they differ from each other, as well as their respective advantages and disadvantages. Image size and resolution are explained so clearly that you'll wonder how you ever had difficulty pinning down an exact definition of their meaning. You'll also learn how to work with bitmap and vector images, in terms of figuring out which best suits your particular creative needs.
But you don't have to listen to us to know how useful this article is read Bitmap And Vector Graphics Explained and let Chance show you the benefits of his knowledge himself!
About Chance Agrella
Chance Agrella is Creative Director of DigiVideo Productions | dv designlabs, an instructor at the University of Arizona, and the founder of Freerange Stock, where you can download thousands of high quality stock photos for free.
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